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Morgan, Limestone, and Lawrence Salvation Army assistance programs.

Low income families can turn to the Salvation Army for assistance in an emergency or referrals. The non-profit organization administers several programs for the region of Lawrence, Morgan and Limestone County Alabama. While they will try to meet all requests, unfortunately the amount of resources they have is limited so not everyone will qualify.

Food pantries, thrift stores, and closing closets will satisfy basic needs. Dozens of families turn to these centers each and every week. Many of the clients have referrals from the Food Stamp Program or other regional social service agencies.

The Salvation Army will assist qualified low income and working poor clients from Morgan County with food and groceries pending the approval of their Food Stamp application. Anyone in need is eligible to receive some type of groceries, meals or food assistance. While the quantity is limited, any type of assistance is given every six months to the needy per household. This can go a long way toward easing the financial burden of purchasing meals and groceries for their families, including children and seniors. The pantries can give struggling and unemployed families an opportunity to become financially stable over the long term.

Clothing closets and thrift stores can help clients who are in need. The Salvation Army clothing assistance programs help parents of all backgrounds cloth their children for school or receive professional work attire for a job interview. The locations can help individuals who need clothing for say a job interview or even an everyday work assignment. Resources can even help to cloth those who are homeless, low income or are unemployed in Limestone and Lawrence County. Assistance at most will be given every six months per qualified household. Through the Salvation Army program, both parents and children are properly clothed and individuals may be able to get help in securing employment by obtaining necessary clothing and shoes.  Clothing vouchers are only offered a couple days per week.

Disaster programs, including for Fire Victims and natural events. Victims of a disaster in Alabama will be assisted through the resources provided by the Salvation Army. The victims of a fire or disaster will receive assistance with household items, home furnishings and other clothing. It can help to ease some of the stress caused by a fire, tornado, disaster or other event.




Christmas assistance programs are a focus. Centers in the region, including in Morgan County and Decatur Alabama take applications for holiday aid. This can include Adopt a Family, Angel Tree, and more. While the trees will be set up in different locations in the community, in the past they have been placed at Wal-Marts in Athens, Decatur, Hartselle, and Moulton, Champion Chevrolet in Athens, Decatur Mall, Pumpkin Center General Store in Danville and local K Marts.

Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs help those facing imminent eviction, the current homeless, and also individuals going through a recovery process. Many of the typical applicants are persons experiencing a crisis or other problems in life that have caused short term setbacks related to the inability to pay the rent on their own or make good choices. Housing is offered along with self-sufficiency, so taking personal responsibility for the past, obtaining a job, improving your financial conditions and having a desire to improve on your life skills are key criteria for acceptance to this Salvation Army housing program.

One of the local shelters is at 114 14th Street SW. It can house both men and women. Other assistance provided includes meals, bathing facilities, personal care items and a bed to sleep in. Case management is required and the Salvation Army people will assist the low income client with needed services, referrals and to help the individual become self sufficient. Get help in finding a home of your own in counties such as Morgan or Lawrence Alabama. The main goal of the program is to help individuals and families move from homelessness to self-sufficiency and to also pay the rent for their new home.

A Transitional Living Program for individuals or families is an option. This is another resource that can help families or individuals who are homeless learn to become self-sufficient. Case managers provide free case management, guidance and outside agency referrals. Qualified working poor and homeless families are guided to services in the state of Alabama that fit their assessed needs.




Families that enroll will be provided with food assistance, a furnished apartment, free clothing, personal care items and other basic needs. In addition, mandatory weekly meetings with the Salvation Army case manager are required. These will be held in an effort to monitor client's progress in reaching their employment and housing goals that are set during case management meetings.

The two main centers to contact for referrals and assistance include 100 Austinville Rd SW, Decatur, Alabama 35601 (telephone (256) 353-2822) as well as 1601 Huntsville Rd in Florence. Phone (256) 764-4432.


By Jon McNamara

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